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Michael

Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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  • Flashman's Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (13)
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    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    When Flashman, the most-decorated poltroon of the Victorian age, accepted an invitation from his old enemy, Tom Brown of Rugby, to join in a friendly cricket match, he little knew that he was letting himself in for the most desperate game of his career.

    Michael says: "A thoroughly enjoyable romp"
    "A thoroughly enjoyable romp"
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    Would you listen to Flashman's Lady again? Why?

    Oh yes. Timothy West is superb in his narration and the story is so enjoyable. Only thing missing is the references that the written book has to actual history and characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flashman's Lady?

    Flashman has had his wife kidnapped and a oriental businessman offers him two nubile young wrenches to console his grief. Well one can't refuse oriental hospitality, it would be rude.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His description of Lords whilst playing cricket is fabulous.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Whilst Flashman is thinking over his situation with his wife kidnapped and various swashbuckler types planning to get her back and do away with pirates his thinking is both logical and comical. Had to enjoy that.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration is fantastic. Hope Timothy West does more of the Flashman books. I would love to have the entire collection on audio if that is possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Using Myth to Power Your Story

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Christopher Vogler
    • Narrated By Christopher Vogler
    Overall
    (141)
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    (59)
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    This delightful workshop covers how you can use the myths and fairy tales that link us all to give your story more oomph. Get ready to laugh while you learn, because the speaker is a natural storyteller and a witty observer of life. Whether you're creating a screenplay, a novel, a play, a computer game, a puppet show, or just an entry in your journal, your story will be richer, it will touch more people, and it will have more meaning and depth after you listen to Chris Vogler's talk.

    Charles says: "Use the Hero's 2 Journeys Instead"
    "Excellent lecture with good points"
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    Christopher Vogler breaks down his craft into easy to understand points and elaborates on them without causing any confusion or lack of fun. He is good and if you want to tell a story, then this lecture is worth listening to. My copy had a slight audio problem but the points got across nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Phantom Army of Alamein: How the Camouflage Unit and Operation Bertram Hoodwinked Rommel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rick Stroud
    • Narrated By Steve West
    Overall
    (6)
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    (6)
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    (6)

    In 1940 a group of artists, sculptors, film makers, theatre designers and set painters came together to form the Camouflage Unit. Led by Major Geoffrey Barkas and including among their number the internationally renowned stage magician Jasper Maskelyne, the unit's projects became a crucial battlefield weapon.

    Michael says: "A Good History Book"
    "A Good History Book"
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    This book tells the story of the British Army Camouflage Unit in the North African Campaign of the Second World War (1940-43). Surprising it is quite a page turner and does have great detail without being bogged down. If you are interested in the Second World War then this is a must, but if your thing is the North African Campaign with the 8th Army, Deutsch Africa Corps and lets not forget the Italians, then you need this book. Everybody gets a mention, South African Engineers, Australian Desert Rats, British HQ in Cairo or Rommel's adjutant. A good book worth the listen too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Law

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frédéric Bastiat
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    First published as a pamphlet in 1850 in response to the socialist-communist plans and ideas being adopted in France at that time, The Law remains equally relevant today, as the same ideas are now sweeping America.

    Michael says: "Interesting Essay"
    "Interesting Essay"
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    Not knowing much about law, this book was one of my attempts to dive into the subject. My thinking is that it is an anti-socialist political commentary. The points are put forward well and I think anyone interested in politics should listen to this but read other books to get a well rounded view. All part of my plan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Common Law

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Oliver Wendell Holmes
    • Narrated By Robert Morris
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    This is one of the true classics in world legal literature. Written by a master of law and language, it is a primary source book for anyone interested either in legal theory or political science. For the layman, it serves to clarify the very essence of the common law, the cornerstone of our present legal system.

    PHIL says: "For law geeks; not a light read"
    "Heavy going"
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    Now I know why lawyers get paid so much. This stuff is dry and hard to plough through. My plan is to keep listening to these law books so it might rub off on me. I understood little of this book and found my head swimming in a swamp of history and basic law terms. I will come back to this book for a second reading once I get other books under my belt. Robert Morris is a rather boring narrator but the subject matter isn't easy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Finish: An Aurelio Zen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    After his adventures in Cosi Fan Tutti, Aurelio Zen finds himself back in Rome, sneezing in a damp wine cellar and being given another unorthodox assignment - to release the jailed scion of an important wine-growing family.

    Denise says: "Not a long finish"
    "Life can be a bottle of wine, good or bad"
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    The use of accents are now becoming a little cliché. Michael Kitchen is his usual high standard and the author Michael Dibdin has really developed into a enjoyable writer. Pity he has died. The story is interesting and moves along nicely. There is no real confusion with characters or plot and watching Zen do his job even with the ills that hit him out of the dark so to speak is wonderful, although he does seem to be resting on his Loral's. I guess he is coming to the end of his career and now knows the score so why upset the system. Never the less he does an adequate job and learns a little about truffles and wine in this case. This book will not make you an expert in these subjects but perhaps appreciate them a little more, and the reason not to keep rats as pets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (316)
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    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Robert says: "Fantastic whether you like Shakespeare or not!"
    "FANTASTIC"
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    Richard Armitage is the best. I nice take on the tale. Worth every cent and every minute listening to it. Do yourself a favour and get this novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of the Samurai: Brief Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jonathan Clements
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    From a leading expert in Japanese history, this is one of the first full histories of the art and culture of the Samurai warrior. The Samurai emerged as a warrior caste in Medieval Japan and would have a powerful influence on the history and culture of the country from the next 500 years. Clements also looks at the Samurai wars that tore Japan apart in the 17th and 18th centuries and how the caste was finally demolished in the advent of the mechanized world.

    A User says: "Not what it seems"
    "An Excellent History of the Samurai"
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    Well told and superbly narrated this book is an excellent overview of the Samurai. From the start to present day we see the history, the development, and finally the demise. The book shows how the idea of Samurai was used and abused in the 20th Century for political, social and media goals. Jonathan Clements has opinions and views but generally the book covers the topic in a level handed way to make the reader (listener) feel it is balanced and objective. Just over 12 hours long, it is a brief view of the Samurai which if this subject interest you, you'll fly through and find fascinating.
    Loved the book and the narrator is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Man Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jordan Gaither
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
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    (1)

    First published in the UK in May 1919, My Man Jeeves is a compilation of short stories by P. G. Wodehouse. Of the eight stories in the set, half presents the famous characters Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, whereas the others concern Reggie Pepper, an early prototype for Wooster.

    Charlotte says: "Narrator not up to the task"
    "Terrible"
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    Other books in the series cover these stories in this book. Jordan Gaither American accent is all wrong. Don't listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ned Kelly: The Story of Australia's Most Notorious Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Love him or loathe him, Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers' ploughs. Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly boy's brushes with the law. Did he or did he not shoot Constable Fitzpatrick at their family home?

    Michael says: "Not the best telling of the story of Ned Kelly"
    "Not the best telling of the story of Ned Kelly"
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    First of all I don't like this authors (Peter FitzSimons) style of writing or history. Second, the narrator Richard Aspel is dreadful. Thirdly, there are better books than this one on the telling of the Ned Kelly Gang incidents.
    Peter FitzSimons isn't a very good historian, but he does try. He tends to take a side and skew the telling. Don't get me wrong, he can write and his newspaper column is one of my favourite Sunday readings, but his telling of history is not good. He tells a story, that some might like to listen or read but not me.
    Richard Aspel seems to make every sentence a drama filled statement, even when it isn't. I don't think he could read a dozen words without stopping which makes the continuity hard to listen to. By the end of the book, I just wanted the whole thing finished with. It was hard to get through this book, mainly due to his narration.
    If the epilog had introduced the book, without the what happen to the characters after Edward Kelly departed us (spoiler alert) this book might have been forgivable, but it is too one sided, too 'the truth is in the telling' and too sensational.
    I have listen and read some other of Peter FitzSimons books and as an author, he doesn't impress me, as a media personality, I like him, as a historian I am not happy with. This book was a personal quest for Mr FitzSimons who describes it as "a big boofy bearded guy writing about a big boofy bearded guy". (Not exact quote). If you like Mr FitzSimons story telling, then buy the book and read it and skip Richard Aspel narration. If you want to read better books on the history, then go to the back and see which books Mr FitzSimons has used for reference and research.
    Not the best book on Ned Kelly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Persuading, Convincing and Influencing Others

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    In this new book from the best-selling author of Drive, Dan Pink explores the ways in which we can all improve our sales skills in every area of our lives and identifies the three personal qualities and four essential skills necessary to move people. Relying on science rather than platitudes and analysis instead of exhortation, Dan builds on his own sales experience and on the profiles of some of the world's best salespeople - and makes us look again at our own sales skills.

    Michael says: "The best of Pink's work thus far"
    "The best of Pink's work thus far"
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    I have listen to Daniel Pink's books and find that they usually don't convince me of their arguments however this book is good. Not that he totally convinced me that it is human nature to sell, perhaps to trade, convince and work for each others benefits, but to sell, well to sell is to scam and this book didn't convince me other than that idea. To say that, not all sales people are scammers but lets face it, no trade is perfect, somebody pays.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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